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Numbering of persons

It is conventional to number the three persons of Latin and Greek and many other languages so that the first person is the speaker, the second one is the listener, and the third one is anyone else. ...

coniugatio passage-request grammarians  
asked by Joonas Ilmavirta 10 votes
answered by TKR 14 votes

Why does Catullus use "odi" instead of "odio" in Catullus 85?

I think the question is straightforward, "odi" to me appears to be the imperative while "amo" is the singular 1st p. Is this some construction I am unaware of with "et"?

classical-latin poetry catullus  
asked by Drew 9 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 16 votes

What is the closest Latin equivalent to the modern conception of "(nuclear) family"?

When translating the word "family" into Latin it seems obvious to go to "familia". However, multiple sources (most quoting Richard Saller) tell me that "familia" derives ...

english-to-latin-translation word-choice  
asked by Pahlavan 8 votes

Roman's color and emotion association

I'm interested in account of colors associated with emotions. It might be an explicit passage by a Roman, sporadic sentences (like: "he became green out of envy) or relics to be found in ...

asked by d_e 7 votes
answered by Mitomino 1 vote

The referent of "illa" in this passage?

What is the referent of "illa" in the passage below from Simon Episcopius's Institutiones theologicae and how would it be translated? Nec dicam operose de Theologiae, quas vocant, ...

asked by MichaelJYoo 6 votes
answered by brianpck 8 votes

What does the Latin name Vectaerovenator inopinatus of the new dinosaur mean?

I just saw in the news that a new dinosaur species was discovered and its scientific name is Vectaerovenator inopinatus. What exactly does this name actually mean as a Latin word? How should I parse ...

biology scientific-names  
asked by Joonas Ilmavirta 5 votes
answered by JobRozemond 2 votes

The function of "quo" in "Quō quisque est sollertior, hōc docet īrācundius"

In A&G on indefinite pronouns there are two sentences of a similar structure: Bonus liber melior est quisque quō mâior. (The larger a good book is, the better.) Quō quisque est sollertior, hōc ...

grammar-identification pronomina  
asked by d_e 5 votes
answered by Sebastian Koppehel 7 votes

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"Deep" Meaning of "Gloria in excelsis Deo"

Sorry if the question is not very deep, please edit the question if it is not accurate in meaning. According to Wikipedia (and common understanding of people who sang Gloria), the meaning is stated ...

syntax ecclesiastical-latin sentence-translation catechism-catholic-church  
asked by Sunny Pun 12 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 9 votes

Does it make sense to display a decimal number such as 12.34 as Roman numerals? If not, how else?

I'm auto-converting any "Arabic" number in a text to Roman numerals. This means that: 123 Becomes: CXXIII But what to do when I encounter decimals such as: 12.34 ? Should I really do: ...

roman-culture numbers numerals  
asked by Jimmy Perez 14 votes
answered by cnread 18 votes

Do *Mundi* and *Mundum* mean different things?

I came across this expression in the book: The Invisible Man, (H.G. Wells) Griffin contra mundum...with a vengeance From my very basic knowledge of Latin (I'm a Bio. student) I take it that ...

grammar-choice word-comparison declinatio  
asked by paracetamol 15 votes
answered by C. M. Weimer 26 votes

Latin word for "code" or "program" (the verb)

As part of a(nother) assignment for my Latin class, we have to write a description of how we spend our free time. I'm trying to translate this: After my homework is done, I like to program. So ...

word-request contemporary-latin  
asked by Fund Monica's Lawsuit 17 votes
answered by C. M. Weimer 19 votes

"Oh no!" in Latin

Are there idiomatic Latin exclamations similar to the English "oh no!" used when one finds oneself in an unfortunate situation? The only thing that I came up with is that I might want to use vae or o ...

vocabulary idiom  
asked by Joonas Ilmavirta 23 votes
answered by Draconis 32 votes

Motto of Sir Francis Drake

The motto of Sir Francis Drake is: Sic parvis magna It is usually translated as "Greatness from small beginnings", but what is the literal translation? Would be be something like "Thus from ...

latin-to-english-translation medieval-latin motto  
asked by FusRoDah 6 votes
answered by C. M. Weimer 5 votes

Request for a Latin phrase as motto "God is highest/supreme"

I'm looking for someone that can help me produce a correct, coherent Latin phrase for a school project to be used as a motto, similar to the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, etc. I would like the ...

english-to-latin-translation translation-check motto  
asked by preahkumpii 11 votes
answered by Dario 9 votes

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When is quis used instead of aliquis?

I definitely remember that one usually says: si quis veniret … and not: si aliquis veniret. But the recent question about quo quisque est sollertior and similar forms brought the following rule from ...

pronomina conjunction  
asked by Sebastian Koppehel 2 votes
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